While DJ Premier may have just linked up with Miguel for a new video, the old-school hip-hop hero and Gang Starr legend is getting set to hit the road with his new group, the BADDER Band. And, yes, they are heading to Canada.
Today (April 13) DJ Premier and the BADDER Band rolled out the dates on an upcoming North American tour. Along with playing several shows in the U.S., they will hit up Canada for dates in Victoria, Vancouver and Montreal.
In a statement about the tour, Premier said, "My addiction is turntables, drum machines, guitars, amps, and a lot of speakers. I have fun doing a whole bunch of different styles with the band, because they fall into place so well, with everything that we've brought into the picture, no matter what it is."
That said, "Gang Starr is a backbone of the show," with the set honouring Premier's fallen Gang Starr cohort Guru, who passed away in 2010.
"I miss that dude so much, and we have a long and undeniable track record," said Premier, promising to bring out classic Gang Starr material on the trek. "I get to do rare Gang Starr records, not just 'Mass Appeal,' and it works."
In closing, he added: "This tour with the the BADDER Band is a different approach to what my live DJ set brings to the stage. It brings my fans a new outlook into a lot of songs that are not usually performed and it is a fun new ride witnessing how I blend turntable skill with live instruments; by adding a drummer, bass player, trumpet and trombone to the stage. You'll never forget what a great high energy show you saw after the curtain closes. We get busy!"
See all those dates below, where you'll also find the crew's video for "Bpatter."
05/31 Victoria, BC - Distrikt Nightclub
06/01 Vancouver, BC - Venue
06/02 Seattle, WA - Neumos
06/03 Portland, OR - Star Theater
06/7 Sacramento, CA - Harlow's
06/8 San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
06/09 Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
06/10 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theater
06/11 Costa Mesa, CA - Constellation Room
06/14 Denver, CO - Bluebird
06/15 Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
06/16 St. Louis, MO - Ready Room
06/17 Chicago, IL - Concord
06/18 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
06/21 Montreal, QC - L'Astral
06/22 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
06/23 Philadelphia, PA - Coda